Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2011

In Osteuropa 8-9/2011

Blocked Truth
Literature on the Blockade and Censorship

Arlen Bljum

Deutsche Fassung


In the immediate postwar era, the ideological climate in the Soviet Union worsened considerably. Leningrad was especially affected by this. The 1946 Central Committee resolutions on the periodicals Zvezda and Leningrad were forerunners of the “Leningrad Affair”. At the same time, a sweeping degree of censorship took place. Hundreds of books were confiscated, many of which became accessible again only decades later. First and foremost, the names of people who had fallen into disgrace were supposed to be obliterated, but so too were depictions of recent history that were “too dismal”, in particular the Leningrad Blockade.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2011, pp. 297–299)